Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Sepang, 2011

Trulli “struggling a lot with power steering”

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Jarno Trulli says fixing his power steering problem should be Lotus’s priority.

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Trulli wants power steering fix (Autosport)

“I hope I can get this sorted soon. The team is working on this more than the aero updates, as it really is for me the main issue. I can’t feel the car; I can’t drive it. But once the power steering is fixed then I think I can give the team everything they want in terms of feedback.”

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Comment of the day

It’s not hard to see Felipe Massa being edged out of Ferrari soon – but it’s a lot harder to see who they might replace him with, as Prisoner Monkeys explains:

If Massa leaves and there is another vacancy on the market ?ǣ like Webber?s Red Bull seat ?ǣ other drivers may be unwilling to walk into a team knowing they?ll be second fiddle to Alonso from day one.

That means Ferrari may be forced to do a McLaren circa 2008 and take the best driver available once all their first choices are gone, which means taking an inexperienced driver and compromising their constructors’ championship campaigns.

They got caught with their pants down when they didn?t establish a young driver program until very recently, and they won?t put a rookie in the car without first running him through a customer team like Sauber. That could very well leave them in no-man?s land next year.
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The first ever San Marino Grand Prix was held 30 years ago today. As was the case throughout the 26-year history of the race it wasn’t held in the tiny principality, but at the nearby Italian circuit Imola.

Didier Pironi led the race for Ferrari early on but Nelson Piquet passed him to win for Brabham: